Broken Gem: A review of Bokura no Hentai

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From the good to the mediocre and memorably bad, most titles contain at least some minor flaws. Yes, that’s true even for your favorites. It’s very rare for these weaknesses to ruin an overall satisfying story. Rare but not impossible, as Bokura no Hentai (BnH) by Fumiko Fumi, one of the few manga that tries to deal with queer/transgender issues on a realistic, level-headed basis, unfortunately reminds us.

*The following review will contain some very important spoilers. For those of you who have come across our blog for the first time, I should mention that I am a transgender woman and social justice and identity will be a major part of my critique. Continue reading

This War of Mine

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Video games and war are like chocolate cookies and milk. Ever since their original mix the combination has earned millions of faithful fans who enjoy the many different versions of that trope. Gamers have been offered a great variety of perspectives and capabilities. Do you want to be a super soldier? Check out FPS, the mass-produced genre of our times, and you’ll find yourself to be a more capable mass murderer than a whole army. Do you want to be a general? Well, there are a thousand titles that let you lead your troops, use diplomacy and manage every aspect of your (military) state. Even RPGs and action games often use war as their main theme or at least a plot device. There was, however, one point of view that was always mysteriously missing from the big picture. That gap is what This War of Mine wishes to fill;  the war experience of a regular human being trapped amidst the chaos of conflict. Continue reading